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PAGE EIGHT

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

FRIDAY APRIL S. 1966

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Evashevski Swings Into

Form

By DAVE PFEFFER
Whenever there is a Michigan-
Iowa football game, the Forest
Evashevski family has reacted with
mixed emotions.
Jim Evashevski, one of the two
senior lettermen on the Wolverine
golf squad, is a member of the
Evashevski clan, a family herald-
ed for its sports prowess.
Forest, the patriarch, who was
a football standout at Michigan
during his college days, is current-
ly athletic director at the Univer-
sity of Iowa. His older son, Fros-
ty, played both football and golf
at Michigan, and graduated last
year. Now younger brother John
is stepping into the shoes of the
family tradition.,
Dual Allegiance
"When Frosty played, explains
Jim, "the folks wanted him to do
his best, but they were naturally
cheering for Iowa. I also rooted

Presenting The Drinking Song for Sprite:
"ROAR, SOFT-DRINK, ROAR!"
(To the tune of "Barbara Fritchie")
Traditionally, a lusty, rousing fight song is
de rigeur for every worthy cause and institution.
But we wrote a song for Sprite anyway. We'd like you
to sing it while drinking Sprite, though this may
cause some choking and coughing. So what? It's all in
good, clean fun. And speaking of good, clean things,
what about the taste of Sprite? .Its good. It's
clean. However, good clean things may not exactly be
your idea of jollies. In that case, remember that
Sprite is also very refreshing. "Tart and tingling,"
in fact. And very collegiate. And maybe we'd better
quit while we're ahead. So here it is. The Drinking
Song For Sprite. And if you can get a group together
to sing it--we'd be very surprised.
Roar, soft drink, roar!
You're the loudest soft drinks
we ever sawr!
So tart and tingling, they
couldn't keep you quiet:
The perfect drink, guy, x
To sit and think by,
Or to bring instant refreshment
To any campus riot! Ooooooh-- sopV
Roar, soft drink, roar!
Flip your cap, hiss and bubble,
fizz and gush!
Oh we can't think
Of any drink
That we would rather sit with!
Or (if we feel like loitering)
to hang out in the strit with!
or sleep through English lit' with!
Roart Soft drink! Roarl
Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, SPRITE1
SPRITE. SO TART AND
TINGLING. WE JUST COULDN'T
KEEP IT QUIET.
"*PTFFS A REGSTEREO TRADE0MAK

for Iowa in high school, but now
I'm for Michigan, of course."
Jim feels his father was a big
reason for his interest in sports.
"My father gave me a lot of op-
portunities in athletics. He was a
big inspiration. Although he didn't
take up golf until later in life,
he was the one who got me start-
ed on the sport."
Three Sport Man
Evashevski came to Michigan
on a golf scholarship, with an un-
derstanding that he would also
go out for football and wrestling.
However, due to a previously suf
fered head injury, he finally had
to give up football his sophomore
year. Consequently he decided to
give wiestling a whirl. Entered in
the 157-167 pound range, Jim
earned a letter as a sophomore. "I
didn't have too good a year,"
commented Evashevski, "but I
wasn't too discouraged. There were
some top wrestlers ahead of me
on the squad."
However, that spring his golf
game was noticeably affected by
the wrestling. "I just played hor-
ribly," related Evashevski. "The
two things just didn't mix. As long
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as I was here on a golf scholar- In reference to Evashevski's col-
ship, I felt I should develop just lege play, he averaged from 76 to
what golf talent I lead. It was a 77 strokes as a junior, improving
tough decision. Cliff Keen, the over his sophomore performance
wrestling coach, had put a lot of He was the second in the 1965 Big
work in on me. But all around, it Tens after the first day, but then
was still the best decision. I played faltered in the later rounds and
better golf my junior year when finished with a 302 total. He not-
I didn't go out for wrestling." ed, "I didn't play that well last
State Champ year. However, I feel I'm playing
With respect to his other golf- better and better each year."
ing accomplishments, Jim was the Keeps in Shape
runner-up in the Iowa State Jun- Evashevski keeps in playing
ior at the age of 16. The follow- form over the summer by enter-
ing season he won this event. Atigor nmertsumnhrsb he
17 he also captured the State ing tournaments in his home
17 h alo cpturd te Satestate. "Iowa is a good state for lo-
Jaycee Junior title and wenton cal tourneys, with at least one
to the nationals at Denver. good one to be found each week-
Concerning his choice of a col- end."
lege, Evashevski had three schools When asked about the strong
in mind. "I was looking at North- points of his game, Evashevski
western because of a football of- answered, "I'm not a particularly
fer, but I didn't like the campus," long hitter. The best part of my
he related. "And I felt it would game is putting and possibly my
not be a good idea to play foot- short iron shots."
ball under by dad at Iowa. My He rates the University of Mich-
brother Frosty was at Michigan, igan course as one of the hardest
and he recommended Bert Katzen- he has played. "It is really tough
meyer as a golf coach. Coach Kat- for a private course, much less a
zenmeyer was an important fac- public one. I don't think even the
for in my recruiting, and he of- pros would find it very easy."
fered me the best scholarship of When questioned about the golf
the three schools." team's recent Florida trip, Jim re-
plied, "All three seniors, Bob Bond,
Bill Newton and myself, shot
RITEJRS poorly on the last round. The soph-
omores did quite well, however.
The scores, not the golf swings,
GLEE CLUB: were affected by the lack of prac-
On Tour tice. The southern teams have the
rsities edge on us in their short games,
BAND: with accurate eight and nine, iron
chdown, U.S.A. and wedge shots because they play
all year around."
ibook Looking Ahead
Looking to the oncoming Big
Ten season, Evashevski rates Ohio
State, Purdue and Indiana, along
with Michigan, as the top con-
tenders. He is eyeing in particu-
laratheBig Ten- tourney, which
is at his home course, the Uni-
versity of Iowa layout. Jim knows
every blade of grass on the course,
a definite plus for the Michigan
NO 2-067 5 swinger.
Now Forest will face a dilem-
ma:Will he be among Jim's or
Iowa's "army" of followers on the
Alinks?

THE JUNIOR CIRCUIT
by Clark Norton
Errors, Strikeouts . .
And a Guy Named Jake
What's 28 years old, is pigeon-toed and spindle-legged, and is
dangling dangerously close to the jaws of oblivion? A skinny, senile
pigeon who is being left to rot in the rafters of Yost Field House, you
say? Well, maybe.
But if you follow baseball closely enough to know what song Phil
Linz was playing on the harmonica when Yogi blew his top on the bus
(would you believe "Yankee Doodle Dandy?"?), then the name "Jake
.Wood" may have popped into your head as an appropriate answer.
To baseball trivia experts, Jake Wood is as much of a classic as
the name of Batman's butler is to regular trivia fanatics. And you
don't get to be classified as "trivia" by winning batting championships.
Jake used to be the regular second baseman for the Tigers. But his
defense would make Harlan Hatcher's hedge look like the Great Wall
of China to an attacking army. It is, to put it kindly, penetrable.
Wood is a Met in everything but physical terms. Spiritually,
he's been with them for years. Now that Dick Stuart is with the
Mets, it's a crime to keep Wood off the subways. The New Breed
would love him. Jake backing up Stuart on a grounder would be
like running water through a filter and then trying to catch it
with a sieve. The Mets' right fielder could lead the league In
chances.
And if Jake ever got hold of the ball and tried to throw it to
Stuart, then the fun would really begin. The number of second to
first completions could rival, as Jim Enright might pu it, "the number
of Polish Rhodes Scholars." Shea Stadium would become the only
park in the league to have screened-in dugouts by order of the Red
Cross. The only fans safe in the ball park from getting hit by the
throw would be those sitting directly behind first base.
Jake has established a new position known as "futility infielder."
His susbstantial speed and fielding "prowess" make him the only third
baseman in the league (he plays there, too) who can bobble a bunt
dropped down the first base line.
At the plate Wood is equally as spectacular. In 1961, he estab-
lished a league record for strikeouts, since surpassed by Harmon
Killebrew and Dave Nicholson. But at least "Killer" and "Big
Nick" were going for the long ball. Jake was trying to bunt. Jake
is so adept at striking out that he doesn't need to take any pra-
tiee swings when he gets up to the plate.
Wood just has trouble connecting. When he plays pool, he misses
the cue ball. When he bowls, he not only misses the pins, but the gutter
as well. When he plays Monopoly, he misses "Go."
Jake's physical assets don't help him pound the ball. He's so
skinny that when he takes a shower after the game, he has to jump
back and forth between the rivulets of water coming out of the nozzle
to get wet.
Even when he does something right, somebody always finds a way
to knock him. Early last season, Wood broke up Angel hurler Rudy
May's no-hitter with a solid double in the eighth inning, then scored
the tying run moments later. The next day in the papers, all they
could talk about was that Jake had missed the bunt sign on that
pitch, and that he might be fined for his insubordination.
But that's what makes Jake Wood Jake Wood. He has a flair
for the spectacular, the colorful. In a game against the Orioles
about two years ago, Jake made two straight errors in the ninth
inning to allow three Oriole runs to score and present the Birds
with a one-run victory. The next day he led off his first two times
at bat with homers, leading the Tigers to an easy win.
It's not hard to knock Jake Wood. But it's a lot more fun to
watch him play than a mechanical man who makes just the right
amount of errors and gets just the right amount of hits to lead just
the right team to a fifth place finish. And then goes out and has a
salami sandwich. Jake at least likes pickled hominy grits.
The Jimmy Piersalls, the Marvelous Mary Throneberrys, the
Jackie Brandts-they are slowly disappearing from the ranks of our
national game. The emphasis today is on cold, hard efficiency. That's
one reason why Jake's on the bench right now. He just goes about
winning ball games a little differently than most guys.
His speed has on occasion allowed him to score from first base
on a short single and from second on a sacrifice fly. In 1961 he led
the league in triples and has led the Tigers in stolen bases every year
that he's gotten up enough times to get a Christmas card from Joe
Cronin.
And when he's not striking out, Wood can be an explosive
hitter. He led all lead-off men in RBI's in 1961, the only year in
Jake's career with the Tigers that they have contended for the
pennant (and, perhaps significantly, the only year Wood has
played regularly the whole season.) Last year he got up to the
plate only 104 times, but had the highest batting average on the
team, .288.
This season, however, Wood may not make the 25-man roster
when the May 15 cutdown date comes along. And if he goes, so will
a little of the color left in baseball, and a little of its legend.
But there is one consolation.
Jake will never throw in the towel. Because if he did, he'd miss.

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